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Brian Lonsway
Associate Professor, Graduate Chair

B.A. Architecture, Washington University, St. Louis; M.Arch, Columbia University

Brian is an architectural theorist studying how built environments materialize cultural values, especially in the context of the professionalization and commercialization of design practices since the 20th century. His first book, Making Leisure Work: Architecture and the Experience Economy, surveys the evolution and convergence of these histories, and explores new theories of civic agency within consumer-centric landscapes.

His current research is centered on exploring the inherent transdisciplinary of design, and the intersection of disciplinary and professional identities with alternative models of design practice.  With Kathleen Brandt, he is a partner in KBL Studios.  Their work includes the co-development and co-direction of Thinklab, an experimental media environment and situation room for complex thinking designed to explore and foster alternative practices of transdisciplinary design inquiry; the conceptualization and design of The Einhorn Next Generation Design Studio; and the co-founding and design of the innovative online journal Public.

Grants and Awards

  • Chancellor’s Leadership Award: Transdisciplinary Media Studio, with Gregg Lambert, Mark Linder, and Jonathan Massey
  • Imagining America course grant: Syracuse Eats, with Kathleen Brandt and Matt Potteiger
  • New York State Council on the Arts, Individual Artists: Film, Video, and New Technologies, with Kathleen Brandt
  • Architecture for Social Justice: Partnerships in Teaching, with Alfredo Andia and Cristian Gomez

Publications

Books

  • Making Leisure Work: Architecture and the Experience Economy (Routledge, 2009)
  • Spiritual Summit: Lakewood Church Recasts the Role of Sacred Architecture CITE: The Houston Journal of Architecture, Spring 2008
  • The Experience of a Lifestyle. In Critical Perspectives in Themed Landscapes (Roman and Littlefield, 2007)
  • Peer-reviewed journal article: ‘The Mistaken Dimensionality of CAD,’ Journal of Architectural Education 56 no. 2 (2002): 24-26
  • Testing the Space of the Virtual. Convergence: the Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 8 no. 3 (2002): 61-77

Book Chapters

  • Lonsway, Brian. “The Architecture of the Entertainment Economy.” In The Themed Space: Locating Culture, Nature, and Self. Lexington Books, Lanham, MD, 2007
  • Lonsway, Brian. “It’s really really big.” In The Dubai Mall. The Press Room, Singapore, forthcoming.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Lonsway, Brian. “Testing the Space of the Virtual.” Convergence: the Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 8 no. 3. (2002): 61-77.
  • Lonsway, Brian. “The Mistaken Dimensionality of CAD,” Journal of Architectural Education 56 no. 2. (2002): 24-26.

Invited Journal Articles

  • Lonsway, Brian. “Spiritual Summit.” CITE: The Houston Journal of Architecture. 74 (2008): 14-19.
  • Lonsway, Brian. “Environmentality,” Scroope: The Cambridge Architecture Journal 13. (2001): 130-135.

Conference Proceedings

  • Lonsway, Brian. “Beyond Digital: speculations on analog convergence.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Conference, 2011
  • Lonsway, Brian. “An Argument for the Argument: Re-thinking the Architecture Machine,” Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, 2006.
  • Lonsway, Brian and Rao, Ajith. “Subjective Simulation: A Self-Organizing Neural System for Urban Design,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Complex Systems. Boston, MA, 2004.
  • Lonsway, Brian. “The Mediate Space of the Themed Environment,” New Cities, New Media. Los Angeles, CA, 2003.
  • Henderson, Paul; Lonsway, Brian, and Radke, Richard. “Coupled Auralization and Virtual Video for Full-Room Tele-Performance Environments,” Proceedings of the International Workshop on Immersive Tele-Presence at the Tenth Association for Computing Machinery International Conference on Multimedia. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, 2002.
  • Lonsway, Brian. “Post-Structuralism Embraced By Themed Environment Designers,” Proceedings of the 2002 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture International Conference. Washington D.C.: Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 2002.
  • Wadhwa, Ashwan, and Lonsway, Brian. “A Self Organizing Neural System for Urban Design,” Reinventing the Discourse: Proceedings of the Twenty First Annual Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Design In Architecture. Buffalo: Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, 2001.
  • Lonsway, Brian. “Testing the Space of the Virtual,” Eternity, Infinity, and Virtuality: Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture. Washington D.C.: Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, 2000.
  • Lonsway, Brian. “re:modeling,” Building as a Political Act, Proceedings of the 1997 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture International Conference. Washington D.C.: Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, 1997.

Translations

  • “The Mistaken Dimensionality of CAD,” translated into Turkish for Representation and Digital Design Technologies: a special Bulletin of The Ankara Branch of the Chamber of Architects of Turkey. ed. Alper Semih Alkan. Ankara: Ankara Branch of the Chamber of Architects of Turkey, 2007.

Book Reviews

  • Lonsway, Brian. The Virtual Window: From Alberti to Microsoft by Anne Friedberg, in Journal of Architectural Education 61:4 (2008): 138-9
  • Lonsway, Brian. ctrl [space], ed. Thomas Y. Levin, Ursula Frohne and Peter Weibel, in Ethics, Place, and Environment 6 no. 2. (2003): 180-2.
  • Lonsway, Brian. Envisioning Cyberspace by Peter Anders in Convergence: the Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 7 no. 3. (2001): 118-121.

Administration and Service

  • Director of Graduate Programs, 2016-
  • Co-director, Transdisciplinary Media Studio, Syracuse University 2008-
  • Former Founding Director, Informatics and Architecture Program, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute